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7 April 2020

Dear reader,
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Here we are six months away from celebrating our 75th sailing season and facing the bleakest Easter in the history of the Club. The next few weeks in particular, and the coming months, will be testing as we face the forced separation from our families and friends.

Easter is traditionally a time of new beginnings and the Club is doing just that, as it plans to complete many maintenance projects, refreshing the Clubhouse and planning activities and events for members in readiness for the Club's re-opening.

We encourage members to follow the public heath messaging and if a couple of hours on the boat for mental well-being relieves the tedium of the State's stay-cation over Easter and the school holidays, please do so safety and protect yourself and your family's health.

Wishing every member a safe, happy and bountiful Easter.
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This week's funny photo is: Social distancing, windsurfer style - March 2020



For current comprehensive advice and information we are providing the link below from the Australian Government advisory services. The site is updated daily.


Can I go boating?

We recommend if you don’t need to go out on your boat, then please don’t. Non-essential activities should be postponed or cancelled.
Please view State Government Directions on gatherings and social distancing.

Is there a ban on boating?

No, there has been no direction to prohibit people from going boating - but you should stay at home if the planned activity is non-essential.

Can I go kiteboarding, windsurfing, kayaking or take out my paddle craft?

Advice from the Federal and State Government is to stay at home unless shopping for food, going to work, exercising or attending a medical appointment. If you consider kayaking or paddling essential as a form of exercise, you should follow social distancing directions.

If boating is an essential activity, possibly for fishing or exercise, what do I need to remember?

The two-person rule applies unless you are boating with members of your family or those you live with. If boating with one person that you do not reside with, ensure you maintain social distancing (at least 1.5 metres apart). Use hand sanitiser where there is any contact with shared surfaces. If you are boating alone, please ensure you tell someone where you are going, check the weather and wear a life-jacket.

Should I do anything different at the SoPYC launch ramp?

Remember to maintain social distancing and personal hygiene at all times.

Are there restrictions on where I can go boating?

Skippers should be aware of the current notices to mariners, including those in place restricting access to Rottnest Island. There is also advice on travelling to and within Western Australia preventing vessels crossing regional boundaries.

Can I buy fuel or ice for my boat at SoPYC?

Yes. However, in line with Government advice, you should stay at home unless shopping for food, going to work, exercising or attending a medical appointment.

Can I still slip my boat & do maintenance at the hardstand?

Yes, SoPYC slipping and hardstand activities will continue at SoPYC. Please download the Lifting Data Sheet here and then call the Club bosun on
0412 528 270 to book your boat in.

The ice box and the fuel bowser at SoPYC are still in operation.

Are DoT maritime facilities open?

Yes. However, in line with Government advice, if your visit is not essential, please reconsider your need to attend.

Will there be a pause on DoT boat registrations?

No. DoT is continuing to process recreational boat registrations.

Club Access

The Main Clubhouse and Centerboard Clubhouses' are closed until further notice, the grounds and car park are still accessible with your member's key.

There will be 24 hour access to the bathrooms and showers via the eastern entrance near Jetty 4 car-park.

SoPYC Rubbish & Recycling Bins

The bins within SoPYC grounds are for Club use only! The schedule for emptying these bins has been reduced due to Covid-19, so please do not use the Club bins to throw out household items. For example the bins were emptied last Friday but now are full of carpet and household items so the Club is unable to throw anything away. Thank you for your assistance.

How can I pay my account?

I have received my statement by email or in the post. How can I pay it?

Accounts can be paid in the following way:
  • Over the phone using credit card
  • Bpay
  • Cheque
  • Online banking
Should you be unsure of how to pay over the phone or by BPay, please call one of the office staff who can help you through the process. Staff will be in the office from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and can be contacted on 9364 5844.

More things to do in the time of Covid-19

In our efforts to keep you busy while you are self isolating, here are some practical and not so practical links:-

  • 50 dinners to cook from under $10 50 fuss-free recipes to cook over Easter for just $2.50 a serve, from
  • The top takeaway meals in Perth. If you'd prefer not to cook, this is a list of great restaurants that are still doing take-away and delivery, from
  • Face Covid How to Respond Effectively to the Covid-19 virus. A short 5 minute animation to help you in this crisis if you are experiencing worry or anxiety.
  • Download "We are all connected" colouring sheets for the children during Easter break.
  • Read an online book "The Artful Parent" 19 creative activities. Simple ways to fill your families life with art and creativity.
  • The funny one. The Getty Museum in Los Angeles asked its customers who were stuck at home due to Covid-19, to recreate their favourite works of art from the safety of their homes, and to send the photos in. This is a silly collection of their favourites, but fun if you know your classic artworks.
For NEXT WEEK we are asking members to submit photos of the activities that you and your family are doing at home, whether it is working from home, home schooling, starting a new hobby, gardening, baking, home renovations, or just relaxing in your garden.

Send your photos to Lynda at with a short description. There will be a prize for the most creative and inventive photo taken by an amateur and professional photographer. They will be published in next weeks' Coffee Pointers. Good Luck.

Thank you to the Grand Sponsor of the Week

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BAY MARINE - Boat Maintenance

We specialise in a range of boat maintenance, boat repairs, boat mechanic and shipwright services that includes: boat lifting and hard standing, anti foul removal and application, painting, boat polishing & detailing, custom timber work, fibre glass repairs, boat restorations & conversions, all boat mechanical servicing.

Contact: Grant Hillbrick Phone: 0403 295 099

On Water Group News 7 April 2020

VIRTUAL RACING To enjoy racing online, simply register online for a free VR account - click here to register. SoPYC will be holding regular Midweek racing kicking off next Wednesday 15th April 2020 starting at 1440 AWST. Once you have an account with VR Inshore, register for SoPYC races - click here. Once we have some entrants, simple instructions will be …
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Carton Beer Sale on now - Pick up this Thursday 4-6pm

Carton Beer Sale on now - Pick up this Thursday 4-6pm
Due to the extended period the club will be closed, we are selling our packaged beer from the cool room. LIMIT ONE CASE PER MEMBER Pre-orders only by credit card or vouchers. Please call Fiona Whife to purchase your beer.  Call Fiona on 0423 926 217 or email her PICK UP will be from Barnacle Bar this Thursday 9th April from 4pm …
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Update for Boaties from Dept. Transport

Update for Boaties from Dept. Transport
This is new information from DOT Marine Safety WA as of today. April 7th 2020. COVID-19 update for WA boaties, paddlers, windsurfers and kiteboarders This Easter, the Department of Transport is urging boat owners to stay at home, where you can, and to play your role in limiting the spread of COVID-19 by postponing unnecessary boating activity. The advice is …
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Half Yearly & General Meeting 2020

In compliance with government directives to maintain social distancing and the closure of all licensed clubs, the Management Committee is notifying members that the Half Yearly meeting scheduled for Wednesday 29 April 2020 has been deferred until further notice. The Half Yearly meeting is the meeting where members are called upon to vote on the Management Committee recommendation for the …
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Support Crew Roster

No help is currently required - Please keep an eye out here for when we are back racing again. Thank you.

Quarterdeck Restaurant Hours

The Clubhouse has closed for the foreseeable future due to restrictions from the government regarding the Covid-19 virus. Please call 9364 5844 if you have any future function enquiries.

Useful Contacts

9364 5844
Sailing Administrator
Scott Nunn
9364 5844 ext 242
Head Coach
Denis Jones
9364 5844 ext 240
Head Bosun
Robbie Wilson
0423 079 724
Marine Lift & Hard Stand Bookings
Paul Scorer
0412 528 270
After Hours Security
MCS Security Services
0413 362 877

Fuel Prices

The fuel bowser is still open

Premium Unleaded $1.21

Diesel $1.20

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